“Stop smacking the snooze button. Climate disruption is here. You need to know what to do,” says sustainability facilitator, greening specialist and climate change leader Lorraine Jenks. She’ll be sharing her knowledge and expertise at the Event Greening Forum Master Class for 2019, a one-day event titled Climate Change: A Tale of Two Futures.

The aim of the Event Greening Forum Master Class is to empower attendees so that they leave feeling encouraged and in control of an uncertain future. The Master Class is an opportunity for a sustainability expert to share their specialist knowledge in a way that is relevant and accessible to the events industry. In 2017 the EGF’s newly developed Sustainable Event Standards were unpacked, and in 2018 how to activate change in human behaviour was explored.

During the Master Class, Lorraine will tackle why climate change is affecting us, what to do, when to do it, and how to survive in the events industry.  “Based on research in Africa, I will share actual climate disruptions experienced by people on the ground, and offer solutions, preparedness, special training, adaptions and some of their tips for all aspects of the events industry. My presentation has no bewildering graphs and statistics but rather facts, solutions, advice and practical tips – factors attendees may not even have thought of – gleaned from those who have already been there,” says Lorraine.

The Master Class is designed for those who work in the events industry including event suppliers and services; venues; event and exhibition organisers; transport; AV and production; marketing and communications; food and beverage; marketing; procurement and event managers in the corporate, association and public sectors; and convention bureaus.

The event will cover:

  • Briefly, the causes of climate change
  • Mitigation – what should and can be done
  • Current and anticipated impacts and disruptions – specifically considering impacts on transport, properties, venues, operations, products and food
  • Planning and adapting – based on research in Africa
  • Helpful resources
  • Summary review of the topics as they apply to: (1) planning the event, (2) during the event, and (3) post event

The Event Greening Forum Master Class will be held on Wednesday 10 July 2019, from 12:00 to 17:00, at Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind. The EGF 2019 Conference will take place the following day, Thursday 11 July 2019, from 8:00 to 16:30, at the same venue. It will explore the theme ‘Imagining a Different Future’ more broadly.

Tickets for the Master Class start from R997, with discounts for EGF members, students, those who attend both the Master Class and Conference, and early bird sales (until 31 May). If you would like to book your seat or find out more information, visit www.eventgreening.co.za/2019-conference/ or email info@eventgreening.co.za.

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